Opinion

Payoff of yearly Turnpike toll hikes is not obvious

Editorials

For the 11th year in a row, motorists’ tolls on the 359-mile Pennsylvania Turnpike are going up. So that’s more than a decade of annual increases to drive the turnpike. The tolls went up 6 percent starting Sunday, meaning for passenger vehicles traveling the length of the Turnpike the ...

Harping on library closure is waste of time

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I was surprised in the Jan. 4 paper to see that Commissioner Dunkle’s feud with the library has suddenly become front page news, because, as I understand, his harassment of the library over his displeasure about the branch closings has been a regular occurrence for months and ...

Some in government still public servants

Editorials

He’d love to help us with a comment, the employee at a federal agency told a journalist from our sister publication in Wheeling, West Virginia last week, but he couldn’t. Blame the “government shutdown,” he explained. He wasn’t even supposed to be on the job. Still, he answered some ...

There is a difference; US is republic, not democracy

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am somewhat disturbed by the path this country has been taking of late especially when continually the media, and especially editorials, refer to this nation as a democracy when in fact it was established as a constitutional republic. The democracy label is just as much in ...

A little reason would go a long way for Gov. Wolf

Editorials

Gov. Tom Wolf has some big-ticket items on his shopping list of potential goals in his second term. They include an increase in the minimum wage, expansion of background checks on firearms purchases, overhaul of how public schools are funded and imposition of a tax on Marcellus Shale ...

Democrats believe in securing the border, too

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Both Democrats and Republicans want a secure border, but the Democrats don’t believe in giving in to a bully who is holding the American people hostage until he gets his own way. Open up the government and negotiate to secure the border and to fix our overall immigration ...

State’s repeat DUI offenders get overdue tougher penalties

Editorials

The penalty for chronic offenders of Pennsylvania’s driving under the influence laws just got stiffer. And well it should. Under a long-overdue revision passed by the Legislature in October and signed by Gov. Tom Wolf, the legal consequences for some repeat offenders of DUI laws add up to ...

Democracy and republic are not synonymous

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am somewhat disturbed by the path this country has been taking of late especially when continually the media, and especially editorials, refer to this nation as a democracy when in fact it was established as a constitutional republic. The democracy label is just as much in ...

Barr would restore much-needed integrity to Justice Department

Editorials

The Department of Justice, under fire often in the past two years, clearly needs a new leader who can command respect from all sides. It needs a leader who can act with the full power of the office behind him but do it in such a way that restores integrity to the department. President ...

Trump is right, we need to build that border wall

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Well, here we are with a partial government shutdown because President Trump wants $5 billion-plus to build a wall on the southern border of the United States and the Democrats don’t want to agree to its funding. Let’s examine what has led to this situation. We most ...